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VIDEO: The World's Most Irritating Instrument

Meet the Savart's Wheel, a tuned rasp instrument performed by legendary instrument inventor, Bart Hopkin.  There are thirty discs placed o…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

19 on Friday
Reply by Titch the Clown

NEW INVENTION: Clip-On Amplifier Works Without Electricity

I'm fascinated by acoustic properties.  If it makes a sound, I'm interested.  So when the news came across my Facebook timeline that an inv…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

16 Jun 12
Reply by Taffy Evans

The Fascinating World of Ed Stilley’s Guitars

In the pantheon of great guitar makers, Ed Stilley’s work stands alone like a castaway on its own musical island.  Imperfect, bizarre and…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

21 Jun 12
Reply by Dave Lynas

Fun with a 2x4 Bass - Build Your Own

God bless the writers of science magazines back in the 1960's.  Everyone wanted to be a rock star, so they found innovative ways to make th…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

16 Jun 7
Reply by Paul Craig

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Jim Morris Re-Creates Historic Fiddle from Just a Photo

Several months ago, I posted this photo from the 1890's in a Cigar Box Nation email with the challenge for somebody to make a similar inst…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

24 May 26
Reply by RTZGUITARS

VIDEO LESSON: How to Play the FUNK on 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

You guys wanted the funk? Well, I got da funk! Here's my favorite little funk riffs on 3-string, Open G cigar box guitar. Make sure you're…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

4 May 24
Reply by Silent Jim

Easy DIY Pre-Amp: Makes Piezo-Equipped Cigar Box Guitars Sound Better

Reduced feedback.  Deeper bass response.  And no more "quack!" We were complaining about all the problems with piezo pickups when the idea…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

25 May 22
Reply by Titch the Clown

VIDEO LESSON: The Hoedown Exercise for 3-String Cigar Box Guitar

Let's do a little chicken pickin' today with my favorite hoedown lick. In this lesson, I break it down into an exercise that will build u…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

2 May 19
Reply by Tom

"Boogie Chillun" - Teaching 4th Graders About Cigar Box Guitars

The floor was shaking as the kids stomped, clapped and sang along to my cigar box guitar.  I was asked to present the instrument and its hi…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

6 May 19
Reply by Tom

NEW CIGAR BOX GUITAR LESSON: GBG Tuning - Further Adventures in Mangling the Open G

LET'S MANGLE THE OPEN G TUNING AGAIN!!!  Let's retune just one string and make the fretboard FRESH.  This is a G major tuning, a tin pan a…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

0 May 16

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